Fonds - Dr. Silas Piper fonds

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Dr. Silas Piper fonds

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  • 1813-1827 (Creation)
    Piper, Silas Dr., 1786-1841

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2 cm of textual records

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Silas Piper was born 26 June 1786 in Madison County, Massachusetts, the son of farmer John Piper. In 1801 he went to live with James Collins of Anson, Mass. to attend school. Two years later he moved to Wiscassett, Mass. to live with and work for his uncle who was a merchant. In 1813, Piper married Rhoda Burgess of Maine. The couple moved to Granville, Nova Scotia in 1817 so that Piper could establish a medical practice. In 1821 they moved again to Bridgetown, N.S. Here Piper continued to practice medicine and also opened a vapour bath. Prior to receiving his MD in 1838, he studied medicine under Dr. Samuel Adams. Piper and his wife had nine children. He died in 1841 at Bridgetown.

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Fonds consists of one diary kept by Piper. The first part of the diary is a recollection of Piper's life, then it continues as a diary, which he wrote in regularly. The diary entries include some personal information but mainly concentrate on his activies as a doctor and his Bridgetown patients.

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A portrait, ca. 1836 by William Morris, of Piper and his wife hangs in the James House Tea Room.

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